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May 26, 2015, 8:30 AM

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Stephen Fry / Telegraph:
Jony Ive talks about his new role as Apple's chief design officer as he relinquishes day-to-day management duties to Richard Howarth and Alan Dye  —  When Stephen Fry met Jony Ive: the self-confessed tech geek talks to Apple's newly promoted chief design officer
Mike Beasley / 9to5Mac:
Tim Cook memo: Jony Ive to remain responsible for overall design, Alan Dye moves to VP of UI design, Richard Howarth to VP of industrial design, starting July 1  —  Jony Ive promoted to ‘Chief Design Officer,’ handing off managerial duties July 1st [Tim Cook Memo]  —  Alan Dye, Jony Ive, and Richard Howarth
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Sources: Twitter has held talks to acquire Flipboard in an all-stock deal valued at over $1B, but talks are now stalled  —  Twitter Has Held Talks to Acquire Flipboard  —  Twitter has been engaged in an ongoing series of talks to acquire Flipboard, according to multiple sources with knowledge …
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Charter to acquire Time Warner Cable for $55B in cash and stock, including debt, values TWC at $78.7B; buys Bright House for $10.4B  —  It's Official: Charter to Acquire Time Warner Cable in Deal Valued at $78.7 Billion  —  Charter Communications, in which John Malone's Liberty Media owns a big stake …
Ryan Whitwam / Android Police:
Source: two new Nexus phones coming this year - 5.2" LG Angler and 5.7" Huawei Bullhead, no new Nexus tablet  —  [Rumor] No Nexus Tablet In 2015, But Two Phones—A 5.2-Inch LG (Code Name Angler) And A 5.7-Inch Huawei (Code Name Bullhead)  —  The Nexus 6 was a break from the past …
Liam Spradlin / Android Police:
An exclusive early look at the new standalone Google Photos app on Android  —  An Exclusive Early Look At The New Google Photos App  —  We've been hearing for a very long time - virtually ever since Vic Gundotra left Google+, with more rumors springing up recently - that Photos …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram sends “Highlights” email digests to re-engage users, its first promotional emails  —  An Aging Instagram Tries To Win Us Back With Email “Highlights”  —  Four and a half years is a lot of pretty pictures.  Instagram isn't as young as it used to be, and it doesn't want long-time users to slip away from its app.
Daniel Cooper / Engadget:
French supermarket installs Philips LEDs that communicate with in-store navigation app via front-facing camera  —  Philips turns LEDs into an indoor GPS for supermarkets  —  Philips believes that the days of endlessly roaming around a store looking for the right kind of balsamic vinegar may soon be at an end.
Chance Miller / 9to5Google:
Google Hangouts Chrome app updated w/ redesigned interface, OS X support  —  Google today updated its Hangouts Chrome app with an entirely new interface.  Perhaps more notably than that, the app has support for Mac OS X users in addition to the trio of Windows, Linux, and Chrome OS.
George Anders / MIT Technology Review:
How Firefox OS for mobile devices got started, developed carrier and vendor partnerships, and then was blindsided by cheap Android phones  —  Firefox Maker Battles to Save the Internet—and Itself  —  Mozilla helped an open Web flourish in the 2000s.  Now it's struggling to play a meaningful role on mobile devices.
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Stacey Higginbotham / Fortune:
Alarm.com, a security and home automation cloud service provider with 2.3M customers, files for $75M IPO  —  Alarm.com files to raise $75 million through initial public offering  —  Security and home automation company Alarm.com, riding the interest in the smart home …

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